Social Security Benefits For Anxiety And Panic Disorders
Depression is more than a “down” feeling. It is categorized by Social Security as an affective disorder characterized by a mood disturbance. It is a pervasive and serious medical condition that can include low energy; thoughts of death, suicide or worthlessness; loss of interest in hobbies and activities, and sleep disturbance, appetite disturbance, agitation, and difficulty concentrating or thinking, among other symptoms. A depressed individual may also have some episodes of delusions or paranoid thinking.
There are different types of depression including postpartum depression, which occurs after the birth of a baby, or seasonal affective disorder, which affects some people during the wintertime, or bipolar disorder, a chemical imbalance in the body. Manic syndrome may cause hyperactivity, fast speech, unlimited energy, easy distractibility, decreased need for sleep and involvement in activities such as excessive spending that under normal circumstances an individual would not partake in. Bipolar syndrome may include both manic and depressive episodes. Some sufferers respond well to antidepressants or therapy.
Social Security will determine disability based not only upon a diagnosis and the symptoms that an individual has, but will also evaluate how the condition impacts on daily living and functioning.
In order to prove your disability to Social Security, you need to either document that your condition or conditions meet or equal in severity the criteria found in the Social Security Commissioner’s regulations or, if you are an adult, that your condition and symptoms are so severe that you are unable to work. If you are a child under 18, you must similarly show that your condition or conditions meet or equal in severity the criteria in the Social Security Commissioner’s regulations or that your condition or conditions functionally equals the Commissioner’s regulations. The Law Offices of Sheryl Gandel Mazur has an experienced disability attorney and has been representing individuals in their Social Security disability appeals for more than 30 years. With offices in both Essex County and Atlantic County, we are able to conveniently serve people from throughout the state. Let us help you receive your Social Security disability benefits.
Our disability law firm represents individuals throughout North and South New Jersey:
- In filing their initial disability applications
- In handling cases at the initial level including appealing initial denials
- In handling cases at the reconsideration level including appealing reconsideration denials
- In handling cases at the hearings level
- In appealing and handling cases at the Appeals Council level
- In appealing and handling cases at the Federal Court level
This firm also handles SSI child’s disability cases at all levels.
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The Law Offices of Sheryl Gandel Mazur represents clients throughout North and South New Jersey. Offices are open weekdays from nine to five, and your phone call will be promptly returned, to get you the answers you need.
With offices in both Essex County and Atlantic County, we are able to conveniently serve people from throughout the state.